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: tonight's top story, delays at airports coast to coast. according to the faa, flights into new york, baltimore, and washington are delayed because of not enough controllers on hand to monitor the busy corridors. joining me now, president of boy group international and erik hanson, director of domestic policy for the u.s. travel association. welcome to you both. i will start with you, mike. what do you make of this? the fda is saying many of these delays are two hours or more. is is the fault of sequestration or is something else, not? >> it is the fault of politics. sequestration is 600 million out of the faa budget. 4 percent. they still have a billion dollars in their budget, more than they did in 2008 and 8% fewer flights. no one in aviation is buying this. this is a political stunt, and that is all. gerri: do you agree? >> i don't know if it is a political side, but it is certainly politics at its worst. for the travel industry, a key driver of the economy, we cannot afford to sit here and have congress pointing the finger at the administration, the administration putting the fi
caught up in the faa sequester and this is probably the first hand account of sewing th seeing this. >> we were about to take off and the pilot comes back and doesn't see me cnbc. the faa says we don't have enough air traffic controllers to take off. i said is this from delta? the faa wanted to make it very clear to everyone onboard is that the reason we're not taking off is because they're shorthanded. oh, jim kramer from cnbc, would you please get the word out that we're not taking off because the faa said you cannot come from orlando. we're not ready. we don't have enough people. it was pretty amazing. >> it was orlando to where? la guard wra? >> orlando to kennedy. >> it was absolutely not a weather delay. we are ready to go. delta is ready to go. the faa says listen, you can't come in. we don't have enough people. we can't do the job. it was remarkable. we said how long? two and a half hours? why is that? >> maybe two and a half hours the faa says they might be able to round up enough people to land the airplanes in kennedy. >> that is stunning. i was watching in horror because
for more flight delays triggered by the sequester. some of the busiest airports fell behind schedule. faa furloughs went into effect leaving fewer air traffic controllers on the job and we have more from abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the delays piled up in charlotte. waits up to 75 minutes at baltimore washington and at all three new york airports. >> when you have cuts like this, it's not good. it's one of the very few jobs, i think, that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on federal budget cuts. the agency said, the crunch forced it to furlough its air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency nearly $640 million, but the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and the early numbers show delays at baltimore washington anew york's laguardia, spiking fourfold over last monday. part of that could be weather related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando. here's the confusing thing. the fligh
: the faa releasing a statement saying it will quote, be working with the airlines and using a comprehensive set of air traffic management tools to minimize the delays and impacts of lower staffing as we move into the busy summer season. do you find that reassuring? i'm not sure i do. good morning stuart. stuart varney from the fox business network. stuart couldn't we move money over from consultants and grants to help folks out in the control tower? >> let me spell out what we're talking about. $500 million this year for consultants. $474 million in wrapts grants to make communities more liveable and sustainable. obvious, question, martha, take some money out of the consultants bucket and put it into air traffic controlsers bucket to avoid delays. president says can't do that. i don't have the flexibility to target nonessentials. can't do it. so the republicans introduced a bill that would specifically give the president that flexibility, to avoid this pain. he threatened to veto it. that's where we stand this morning. more cuts are coming. more delays are coming. the president does not wan
and all faa workers are losing one workday every other week. >>> all right, spring flooding turned much of the midwest into a muddy mess. record rainfall to blame for high water. for example, nearly 10 inches has fall in this month in grand rapids, michigan. swollen rivers can't take much more. forecasters say more rain is expected tomorrow. >> here's a look at your weather -- expect thunderstorms around southern kansas, oklahoma. by the evening commute, you could see snow around minneapolis and parts of the upper midwest. >> unseasonably cool along the east coast, new england to georgia with temperatures staying in the 50s. but check out the west. dry and warm. hitting the 90s in some spots. >>> to a shining example of someone who really l job. >> a powerful earthquake rocked china over the weekend brought everything to a stand still including a wedding in progress. the bride you just saw there happens to be an anchorwoman. she got right to work. still wearing her wedding gown and her veil. check her out. >> that is hilarious. she abandoned her big day and started reporting on the quak
because the faa is being forced to furlough thousands of air traffic controllers. abc's matt gutman has more from miami. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the delays are already piling up. new york area airports reporting delays of over an hour. l.a.x. over three hours overnight. this is just the start. the faa now warning that as many as 6,700 flights could be delayed every day.the sequestrac across-the-board budgets cuts across-the-board budgets cuts are forcing furloughs. fewer planes in the air translates into delays. about 5,000 planes in the air at a given time and fewer eyes in the tower, the faa is slowing air traffic for safety. planes could both be prevented from landing and taking off. those inevitable delays could cost travelers more than just their time. >> airlines may have to cut flights. that will drive up ticket prices. demand will be high. >> reporter: the only antidote? said senator chuck schumer. >> we need democrats and republicans to meet in the middle and end the sequestration that causes the problems. >> reporter: analysts said there's not much
-long delays because apparently the sequester is going to cause it. the f.a.a. beginning furloughs for employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. some say it's purely political. >> when the f.a.a. was shut down a few years ago, flights weren't affected. it seems to me like there is a request or directive out there to take steps so that passengers will be inconvenienced and that they'll call their elected officials to get them to take action. >>gretchen: some of the nation's busiest airport including in new york and washington already experiencing delays and longer wait times for security. >> real-life drama for actress reese witherspoon. the oscar winner arrested for disorderly conduct in atlanta after her husband was apparently pulled over for a d.u.i. as he was given a sobriety test reece reportedly got out of the car. the officers told her to get out of the car but she didn't listen. she said do you know my name? you'll be on the evening news. later she apologized. >>steve: is that her mug shot? >>gretchen: it was. >>steve: i think you're supposed to be looking at the
travel season. delays at laguardia, newark, charlotte. the faa on monday blamed staffing and weather and says staffing challenges at regional centers led to ground delays and more spacing between flights around the country. it's the first time the public has felt the impact of across the board budget cuts from the sequester. >> it's already bad enough when they have their regular delays so i can't imagine being stuck here for three hours and not knowing what's going to be next. >> in certain places i believe cutbacks should not be happening. >> i think it's horrible. there's enough problems dealing with delays and security and weather and other things when you're flying. i think they should furlough the president and congress. >> reporter: the faa claims it had no choice but to put 15,000 controllers on unpaid furloughs, which means 10% fewer of them working each day. the agency said that could mean delays of 3 1/2 hours in atlanta, more than 2 hours in chicago, and 1:20 in laguardia. the airlines are furious and argue there are other places to cut. >> the air traffic controllers hav
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